If the Atlantic Division-leading Toronto Raptors decide to become buyers at the NBA trade deadline, reports Zach Lowe of Grantland, then they might target "one of the many proven veterans playing on rebuilding teams," including Orlando Magic swingman Arron Afflalo, the league's 11th-leading scorer at 21.9 points per game.
Adding color to this rumor: Lowe reports that Toronto is likely to use second-year swingman Terrence Ross as trade bait in such a scenario, and Orlando "values Ross highly, per several league sources." Further, Toronto general manager Masai Ujiri helmed the Denver Nuggets during Afflalo's days there.
Marc J. Spears of Yahoo! Sports reported on December 23rd that Orlando had rebuffed all trade offers for Afflalo. The UCLA product has a team-friendly contract, a high talent level, and great character, all of which factors reduce the urgency of trading him.
Ross, who turns 23 on February 5th, is averaging nine points and 2.8 rebounds per game on 55.3 percent True Shooting in his second season out of Washington. Toronto made him the eighth overall pick of the 2012 NBA Draft.
The NBA's trading deadline is set for February 20th at 3 PM Eastern.